Simon Cowell may be all caught up with Britain’s Got Talent this month, but it seems the TV boss is still busy preparing for his new series’ of the X Factor.
The music mogul has two panels to firm up, for his UK and US shows and insiders have claimed that he will be staging a number of ‘crisis’ meetings with SYCO and ITV bosses this week, to decide on the way forward for the 2013 run.
Judges auditions start in May and contracts normally go out to prospective judges in February and it’s claimed that SiCo is determined to give the UK version a bit of a shake up this year. The Sun reports that the record label boss is planning to run the series without Take That star Gary Barlow and Tulisa and is hoping to replace them with former judge Cheryl Cole and another star.
He may have a hard time winning Chez back though, as she’s previously insisted she will never return to the panel of the ITV show.
Last December, her manager Will.i.am told The Mirror that she had agreed to return saying:
“It’s going to be dope.”
Another source, who claimed to have close links with SYCO, said Chezza and Cowell had ‘verbally agreed’ to work together.
However, Cheryl later told Graham Norton that a comeback was a ‘definite no no.’
A friend told The Sun: “Cheryl really enjoyed her time on the show but she has moved on. She had three really good years and wants to leave it there.”
As part of another major shake up, it’s claimed that Cowell is also considering getting rid of the huge arena auditions and bringing back just a hopeful singing to the judges in a small room, American Idol style.
Speaking at the BGT auditions in London last week Simon said:
“There are a series of meetings taking place. All the Brits are coming in, all the Americans, and we’re gonna make some decisions then. We’re going to mix it up.
“You’ve just got to try to make a better show than you did the year before. And if you do that, there’s a good chance you can get the numbers up.”
Meanwhile, bookies have predicted that Simon himself will come back to the show, most likely with former judge Sharon Osbourne.
“The X Factor viewing figures have been going in the wrong direction ever since Simon & Sharon left. Their return could be just the tonic the franchise needs,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
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